Arrived by car, great views, massive site. Check-in was very busy but everyone polite & friendly. Didn't take long, we were staying in chalet in Burns village but the sign said Burns Square which confused us for few minutes! Chalet was at far end of camp, first impressions count for a lot and in places there was a lot of litter, however our chalet was fine. Yes, as someone else noted, there were cobwebs on the windows and the decor was dated and basic but it was clean and tidy.
There are a lot of activities available for all age groups, thou as they get older the more you have to pay for. I have a 3 yr old and he was able to enjoy various activities free of charge. A number of these took place in the Airspace, he did mini sports (Football, Archery & Fencing) & Toddler time, used bouncy castle & soft play. Staff very busy at times but always made you feel welcome & they were great with the child who had a great time, which is the main thing!
The Seaside Squad (the mascot characters) are always about which the kids love, they join in with a lot of activities & also in the evening entertainment with the FunStars (the entertainers). We mainly sat in the Bonga Wonga bar & as someone else said the floor is very sticky in places and the kids toys (bubbles etc) are on the expensive side.
Arcade area you have to pass thou to get to the main lounges, it is very difficult not to spend money here, the thrill of winning hand-fulls of tickets is sort of ruined when the prizes they can be exchanged for are cheap alternatives to what can be bought in your local £ shop.
Pool area, now for the amount of people using this facility i can understand how hard it is to keep clean, maybe good idea to employ staff just for changing room duty as opposed to lifeguards trying to keep on top of it. Pool itself was fine, busy but not overly big ques for flumes, we enjoyed it, thou you have to time it right when to get out, don't leave it to late cos it's a mad rush for a cubicle!
Variety of food outlets, Burger King, Chinese, Chippy and 'Brigs' restaurant all seemed to be edible and standard holiday food fare. 'Brigs' nice to sit & chill in and a member of the Seaside Squad made an appearance every morning for a character breakfast, no obligation to buy anything if you wanted a picture with them.
Spar shop and gift shop on site, both quite expensive, if you have transport there is a co-op 5mins down the road.
Wee funfair on site, good fun but again the prizes are cheap plastic toys discarded after a day.
We were lucky with the weather, even managed a couple of afternoons on the beach, which is great for rock pools when the tide is out.
We would return to Craig Tara but only if the child is still young enough to enjoy free activities, we're not tight just don't like having to pay over the odds!
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